Hot Pockets Begins Recall over 'Diseased and Unsound Animal' Meat
Some varieties of the popular microwave snack Hot Pockets are being recalled because they may contain meat from a provider cited by the federal government for "unsanitary conditions" and "unsound" meats.
The California-based Rancho Feeding Corp. was shuttered for a short time by the U.S. Department of Agriculture because of "unsanitary conditions." The plant has since been reopened and passed inspections. But in the meantime, 8.7 million pounds of beef product were recalled.
The USDA condemned the meat as unfit for human consumption, but no incidents of sickness have been reported due to meat from the "diseased and unsound animals."
However, some of the possibly tainted meats may have been included in the Hot Pockets snacks manufactured by Nestlé USA. Consequently, Nestlé has issued a recall for several varieties of the product.
CNN reported that two brands, the Philly Steak and Cheese in three different pack sizes and the Croissant Crust Philly Steak and Cheese in the two-pack box, have been recalled.
Nestlé provided the batch and product codes in a press release.
The Nestlé recall was made voluntarily.
Customers who purchased affected batches of Hot Pockets are being asked to return the boxes to the place of purchase for a full refund or call Nestlé customer service at (800) 392-4057.